Coleco Pulls Out Of Faltering Chameleon Console (RetroVGS) Project

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After the recent furore surrounding the alleged use of a Super Nintendo Mini board inside an Atari Jaguar shell to demonstrate a working prototype at the New York Toy Fair; the use of an archaic video capture board to show the inner workings of the system; and the revelations of the director tasked with creating the Kickstarter promotional videos, the Coleco Chameleon looks to have been laid to rest by the withdrawal of support from Coleco itself.

Last week Coleco posted on its Facebook page that independent engineers were being appointed to investigate the Chameleon hardware after the sustained negative press aimed at the project. This came after eagle-eyed members of the Atari Age forum posted images showing that the system wasn’t what prospective investors were being told it was, and YouTuber and film director Brian Barnhart followed up with a video detailing inconsistencies in the proposed Kickstarter promotional film.

Now it seems that Coleco has seen enough vitriol directed at the project and issued the following statement via its Facebook page:

"The Update that you were all anxiously awaiting: Retro VGS has decided that the work that they have created is not sufficient to demonstrate at this time. Consequently, we can no longer proceed with the project and the Chameleon project will be terminated. This separation is amicable. We wish them luck in the future. - We thank the gaming community for their continued support, input, vigilance and trust."

At the time of writing, there has been no reply from the RetroVGS team regarding this statement, and the Facebook page and website supporting the Chameleon have both been taken down. In light of these developments, it looks as though the Chameleon has come to the end of the road for now.

Source: Engadget

Last Updated ( 09 March 2016 )  

Tom Charnock

A true connoisseur of failed and obscure console hardware, if Tom isn't extolling the virtues of the Jaguar CD's texture smoothing abilities or the Dreamcast's vast array of useless peripherals he's usually on Twitter asking where all the Super A'Can games are.

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